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What is GSOC?

Advice and Service you can trust The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is an independent agency, set up in 2007.

Our function is to deal with matters involving possible misconduct by members of the Garda Síochána, in an efficient, effective and fair manner.

The main ways that this may arise are as a result of:

  • a complaint from a member of the public
  • the referral of an incident from the Garda Síochána, or
  • because it for some other reason appears to be in the public interest that a matter be investigated.

Operational figures

2016 January to June

View details of the Garda Ombudsman's operations.

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Latest news

Current vacancies: Nominations for two positions on the Ombudsman Commission are to be made following an open competition process, managed by the Public Appointments Service. Closing date is: October 20th at 3pm.

Opening statement and Submission by Justice Ring to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality

Investigation into complaints of neglect of duty in the investigation of alleged child sexual assault recommends no individual breaches of discipline, but finds serious system failure.

Justice Ring chairs a panel discussion at State Accountability for Vulnerability Conference at DCU.

Meeting with Scottish Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), Kate Frame.

Witnesses to an incident in Temple Bar during the early hours of Sunday morning, 7th August, are asked to contact us on 1890 600 800.

GSOC publishes its Annual Report and Tuarascáil Blianthúil 2015

Information on investigations in the public interest referred following the work of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).

Certain matters arising from the O'Higgins Commission have been referred to GSOC for independent investigation by the Minister for Justice and Equality.

Report by Justice Frank Clarke has been received and will be considered carefully by Ombudsman Commission with a view to taking any appropriate action

Recommendation to Garda Authorities regarding the timing of the execution of a search warrant.

Statement regarding matters raised by Deputy Martin Kenny TD.

Report of the investigation into allegations that information, relating to the arrest of Deputy Clare Daly TD, was leaked from within the Garda Síochána.

Statement on references to GSOC in the O'Higgins Commission Report.

For the latest news, press releases and witness appeals please visit the mediaroom.

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How to make a complaint

If you are directly affected by what you believe is misbehaviour of a member of the Garda Síochána, you can complain to the Garda Ombudsman.

Find out about the process.

Go directly to the Online Complaint Form OR download a Paper Complaint Form (PDF).

Languages

We will soon have information about accessing our services available in more languages. Meanwhile, we make translation and interpreting available to anyone who needs it.

So please feel free to e-mail us in your own language.

Recent publications

Read the report on the public interest investigation undertaken into matters raised by the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

Examination of Garda Síochána practice, policy and procedure in relation to remand in custody - S106 report

Annual Report 2014

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2014

Read the report on the most recent public interest investigation undertaken by GSOC, into an incident on Henry St., Dublin in March 2015.

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